First question, trite but necessary. How was AudioHackLab born and how would you describe it?
Tito Castelli: in 2014 Andrea Reali and Giacomo Leonzi confront and feel the need to form a group of people who deal with audio in an unconventional way, not only interested in the construction of amplifiers, pre amps or guitar effects … but interested in the manipulation of sound in the broadest sense (from analog to digital, from what can be done by hand to what requires technologies such as laser cutting or 3d printing). The FabLab Torino was a place where there were the necessary equipment for this type of approach and both Andrea and Giacomo had had some experience there, so the choice was natural. After a few meetings a group of eight people was created which, at least for the first year, was the basis of the collective. The collective was born with the idea of being absolutely open: everyone can bring doubts, ideas and curiosities that are compared horizontally, everyone is a teacher and learner depending on the occasion. In recent years we have seen dozens of people come to attend our workshops, come for a while, disappear and then reappear after time, a bit like it happens in many collectives.